Academy for Community Entrepreneurs (ACE) instills the foundations of successful entrepreneur development including strategic business planning, marketing, and resource management. ACE is a Central Community House initiative to help budding or existing entrepreneurs overcome the challenges to small business success. It is a collaborative endeavor, bringing together the best industry experts Columbus has to offer.


Entrepreneurship courses will be taught by Deonna Barnett of Aventi Enterprises. Susan Colbert of the OSU Extension will teach money management modules. Creative industry networking and expertise will be offered by Central’s Jackie Calderone, Director of Transit Arts. Table talks will be moderated by Nancy Tidwell of NRT & Associates, who also will provide unique procurement and technical expertise to those working within construction industries. Access to capital resources will be provided by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI).

Flyers below.

Business Finance Workshop Dates

Two Consecutive Workshops: September 28 & October 5 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Register HERE

Biz Finance Flyer Sept Oct 2019

Business Planning Fall Cohort

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks: September 3 – October 8 pm.

For more information contact: Cleesia Smith, ACE Program Coordinator at 614-252-3157 or